For those who like a break from cooking, check out the options below:
The Val Marie Hotel on Centre Street is a local Canadian/Chinese food restaurant and bar (open for lunch and dinner, closed Mondays). The Hotel offers homemade lemonade, iced coffee and ice cream in the summer months with comfort food, great burgers (made from local grassfed beef) and tasty wonton soup available year round, Rainbow and Bob offer a warm welcome to all travellers.
The seasonal Prairie Wind and Silver Sage EcoMuseum, Gallery and Bookstore (PWSS) offers killer lattes and expressos in the Little Brick SchoolHouse, across from Grasslands National Park Visitor Centre on Highway 4. Also home to one of the best regional bookstores in Saskatchewan, PWSS showcases prairie life, grasslands ecology and regional artists in two small gallery spaces. Open May to mid-September, they are closed at noon.
For the Foodies
Further afield, and well worth the one hour drive west, in the town of Shaunovan you’ll find the Harvest Eatery & The Blind Boar, a nationally acclaimed local foodie restaurant. Ingredients are sourced locally. Chef Rusty provides a warm welcome and innovative menu across the seasons (reservations recommended, Tuesday to Saturday evenings only).
If you don’t want to hang around for a late afternoon or evening meal, Meeting Grounds Coffee House beside the Movie Theatre is known as THE coffee stop in the southwest. Their panini sandwiches are legendary.
While you’re out there, check out the village of Eastend and the Eastend T-Rex Museum twenty minutes down the road.
Heading to or from the East Block, Grasslands National Park
Driving to the East Block, Grasslands National Park along Highway 18 is a two hour scenic drive. Mankota provides a good halfway point stop for country comfort food (great wings and fries) at the Grasslands Inn, the village of Mankota. Further east, The Glentworth Hotel is known for their pizza.